Washing machine buying guide , types of washing machines , benefits of using a washing machine & everything you need to know.
When talking about useful home appliances , Washing machines cannot be ignored. They have become a very useful tool for washing and drying clothes , and are relied upon by thousands of people in Nigeria. Today , we’re going to educate you more on washing machines and how to choose the best one for your house.
Before we go into our washing machine buying guide , here are the common types of washing machine :
Types Of Washing Machine
As funny as it may sound , most people don’t know that there are three types of washing machines. Buy don’t worry , we will break it down for you :
- Top Load Washing Machine
- Front Load Washing Machine
- Combo Washer Dryer
1. Top Load Washing Machine :
Top load washing machine is the most common type in homes in Nigeria. This washing machine allows clothes to be inserted & removed from the top ; hence the name “Top Load”. This type of washing machine is old and the new style is “Front Load”. More details below :
2. Front Load Washing Machine :
Front load washing machine is the new style in production. It consists of a circular hole right at the front which allows clothes to be inserted and removed ; hence the name “Front Load”.
3. Combo Washer Dryer :
The name says it all. This type of washing machines are designed to perform two functions ; wash and dry clothes in one go , thereby saving time. They consist of a single cabinet of washer & dryer , and come with a “Front Load design.
Any Difference Between The Three?
I’m sure you must be wondering if there is any difference between the three. Here they are :
- Top load washing machines are old and not common in other countries.
- Front load washing machines are more sophisticated and have better programs than Top Load.
Benefits Of Using A Washing Machine
Every tool has its advantages and disadvantages. Same with washing machines.
- Different sizes for different budget
- Saves Time
- Saves Energy
- Long Lasting (Depending on brand)
- Cannot be used without power supply
Washing Machine Buying Guide
If you’re looking to buy a washing machine , here are a few things you should consider :
The Size Of Your Apartment :
The size of your apartment is really important when deciding to go for a particular washing machine. This is not a problem for people living in big and spacious houses , as they can easily dedicate a room for this , however , people living in small houses will have to be critical of the size of washing machine they’re buying. A standard washing machine is roughly 27 or 28 inches wide and 30 to 35 inches deep.
The Purpose Of buying :
If you’re buying for personal use , you can make do with a small – medium machine. However if you’re a laundry man with a lot of clothes to wash , then you should go for a bigger size.
The Capacity of the Washer’s Drum :
After considering the size of your apartment & deciding the purpose of buying , the next thing to check is the washer’s drum load. A typical front load washing machine has a washer drum of 4.2 to 5 cubic feet , however , most top-load washing machine have a washer drum that is roughly 3.5 to 5.7 cubic feet , and this is because the agitator takes up most of the drum space.
(An agitator is a long plastic rod that connects form the bottom to the top of a front load washing machine)
Here’s a photo that shows a washing machine with & without an agitator. This will provide a better explanation :
In terms of performance there are two things to look out for :
- Water Efficiency
- Detergent required
Some machines use a lot of water , while some don’t. Cnet has a detailed article on this.
Your Budget :
Now that you’re aware of the types & size of washing machines , the next step is to pick one that fits your budget. Washing machines are available on Jumia & Konga , and you can check their prices.
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